Downey’s scoundrel founder got a shout-out from California’s other non-native governor.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday founded a new political think tank at USC.
Here’s snip from the San Francisco Chronicle’s story:
“Schwarzenegger will chair the Institute’s Board of Advisors, and he has also been appointed the inaugural Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC, a post in honor of the first immigrant California governor — who was also a co-founder of the university.”
John G. Downey was born in Ireland and eventually made it to California, where he was a apothecary, loan shark, developer and a pretty descent governor. Although he seemed to play hardball when it came to businesses, he also took a pretty brave stand against giving business interests a monopoly over the San Francisco waterfront.
Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, where his father was a police chief.